DoST Trains MMSU Meteorology Professors, AI and Remote Sensing Students

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Experts from the Department of Science and Technology – Advance Science and Technology Institute train meteorology professors and students from Mariano Marcos State University on artificial intelligence and remote sensing at the Flexible Learning Center of the university in Batac City, Ilocos Norte from October 10 to 14, 2022 CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Professors and students of METEOROLOGY at Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) have been trained in artificial intelligence (AI) and remote sensing to process Earth observation data more efficiently.

Held at the university’s Center for Flexible Learning (CFL) from October 10-14, the training was in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology of the Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (DoST-ASTI).

A first in the Ilocos region, CFL serves as an MMSU gateway to support academic excellence by providing its faculty and students with access to state-of-the-art equipment with state-of-the-art information technology tools and facilities, offering them unlimited teaching and learning opportunities.

According to MMSU Chief Information Officer Daniel Tapaon Jr, DoST-ASTI experts taught participants about flood mapping, layout map generation, data evaluation and optimization, and preprocessing and analysis of AI and remote sensing data.

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Tapaoan said the training, which included lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities, was led by DoST-ASTI Director Franz de Leon and Chief Scientific Research Specialist Alvin Retamar.

He said the training is in line with DOST-ASTI’s project titled Synthetic Aperture Radar and Automatic Identification System for Innovative Land Surveillance and Maritime Surveillance, also known as SARwAIS.

MMSU Department of Physical Sciences Chairman Angelo Benedict Ragunian thanked DoST-ASTI for the training that expanded participants’ skills in applying these technologies to flood monitoring and cover identification. earthly.

Ragunian explained that the use of AI and remote sensing is essential to process Earth observation data and automate feature detection from satellite images.

Dr. Shirley Agrupis, President of MMSU, said the university’s collaboration with the DoST is of paramount importance so that “we produce competent graduates with advanced technological skills, and we can achieve this with the help of our faithful partners”.

Agrupis said MMSU is one of only four universities in the Philippines to offer a bachelor of science degree in meteorology, along with Central Luzon State University, Visayas State University and Bicol University.

“We are proud to say that the university will soon be home to the nation’s first-ever school meteorology lab sponsored by Senator Sonny Angara,” she said.

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